The fitness community is made up of countless sub-categories based on both the ends you’re pursuing and the means you’re willing to use to get there. Crossfit guys gather around their water coolers and make fun of bodybuilders, bodybuilders watch distance runners waste away on their treadmills and chuckle, and people who see working out as nothing but a means to improve at their sport of preference scoff at folks that exercise just for the sake of exercise.

This kind of rivalry is natural, and if you don’t take yourself too seriously, it can be a great way to lighten the mood in the gym while the lettuce eating fat burners shuffle around the protein pounding muscle builders that are hogging the bench even though they’ve probably only touched the bar twice in the last twenty minutes. On a long enough timeline, everybody’s an asshole, and part of the fun in working out with a group of people you get along with is getting to call one another out on it, but there’s one sect of the fitness community that just irks me. Their jokes are mean-spirited. Their delivery wreaks of false superiority. Their “empowered” hypocrisy boils my blood.

I’m talking, of course, about women who tell other women that lifting weights will make them “manly.”